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Fulton County kicks off Federal Older Americans Act

Fulton County kicks off Federal Older Americans Act

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County will begin its annual celebration of Older Americans Month with a proclamation which will be presented during the Board of Commissioners meeting at 10 a.m. on May 6, in the Assembly Hall of the Fulton County Government Center at 141 Pryor Street.

The proclamation is a part of a month of special events designed to celebrate national Older Americans month and the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Older Americans Act.  This national legislation was signed in July 1965 by President Johnson in order to establish services for older Americans. 

Shepherd's Men complete 911 mile run for veterans


ATLANTA - A 911 mile journey came to an end with waving flags, cheers and applause, but for the men involved it is more than just a run.

"We owe them more than what we're giving them," said Travis Ellis.

Ellis is part of the Shepherd's Men. The group ran to raise money and awareness for veterans struggling after their return from war.

"It saved my life," said Jarrad Turner.

Turner was seriously injured in a rocket propelled grenade attack and has gone through the Shepherd Center's SHARE military initiative. He runs so that others can have the same chance at healing.

"Not only can I say thank you, but hopefully I can do what they've done for me, which is inspire me, so I'm hoping to inspire some others," Turner said of the support he has received from his fellow Shepherd's Men.

Shots fired at Lil Wayne's bus in Cobb County


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Shots were fired at rapper Lil Wayne's tour bus in Cobb County early Sunday, police say.

Officers said the gunfire happened as the bus traveled through Cobb County.

No one was injured.

Police put crime scene tape around the bus as it was parked near the Ritz Carlton hotel in Buckhead around 4:30 a.m. 11Alive cameras captured the rapper and his entourage exiting the bus.

Cobb County police are searching for the gunman.

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Shepherd's Men to run from NYC to Atlanta for veterans


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ATLANTA -- "It's a brotherhood."

The Shepherd's Men have been to war and all have come back changed, some damaged.

Staff Sergeant Jarrad Turner was a combat medic who was seriously injured in a rocket propelled grenade attack. He was thrown from a guard tower and suffered not only bodily injury, but a traumatic brain injury.

"I started noticing that my memory wasn't so good. I had issues with light sensitivity, had a lot of headaches," he said.

It was at the Shepherd Center, in the Share Military Initiative program, that Turner says he was healed, more than healed.

"Shepherd Share Military Initiative has saved my life," he said.

Bill makes solar power a smart move for homeowners


ATLANTA -- "Welcome to our most favorite asset of our house," Rutherford Seydel said.

Most people don't do interviews on the roof of their house, but to Seydel and his wife, Laura Turner Seydel, showing off their solar power system is one way to celebrate the passage of House Bill 57. Called the Solar Power Free Market Financing Act, it will make it easier and more affordable for Georgia homeowners and businesses to put solar panels on their rooftops.

The bill, expected to be signed into law by Governor Deal, allows home and business owners to finance installation, which can cost anywhere from a few thousand to up to $15,000. By financing, homeowners can avoid the upfront costs and pay for their system over time with what they save on their monthly power bill.

The Seydels' home, Eco Manor in Buckhead, has served as a local blueprint for how homeowners can go green.

One-on-one with new Spanx CEO Jan Singer


ATLANTA (WXIA) – She is leading one of Atlanta's most well-known companies – Spanx. Jan Singer was tapped last year by founder Sara Blakely to lead the shapewear giant.

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During a one-on-one interview with 11Alive's Melissa Long, Singer talked about fashion trends, climbing the ladder and what skills will make someone indispensable anywhere.

The fashion industry is always evolving. In addition to new styles, fabrics and engineering, Spanx also has a new CEO.

Storms bring down trees in metro Atlanta


ATLANTA – A strong line of storms after several days of heavy rain was too much for some trees in the metro Atlanta area.

Downed trees created traffic problems for some drivers and headaches for unlucky homeowners Sunday.

Capt. Al Adkins of the Atlanta Fire Department blamed several accidents on the stormy weather and downed tree.

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A huge tree down across Weiuca Road in north Buckhead just after 1 p.m. caused a steady stream of cars to back up, turn around and look for alternate routes.